For the time being, I'm making the effort to enjoy my mornings as much as possible. Gorgeous gradient-hued skies are definitely assisting me with this back-to-school transition.
Of course, caffeinated beverages pull their weight too. I've recently been on the hunt for cafes in closer proximity, since lengthy round trips aren't nearly as amusing when they're conducted solo. Effective productivity also decreases since local transit do not permit enough space nor stability for working while en route.
The menu is as minimal as could be, consisting of the standard assortment espresso-based beverages (cappuccino, latte, mocha, etc.) and basic tea lattes. A rotary selection of teas ensured that variety would be consistently maintained. Majority of the drinks were also offered in an icy form and in different sizes (with some exceptions, obviously). Individually-wrapped baked goods were baked fresh daily and placed on the counter to stimulate ophthalmoception of paying customers.
The Chai Latte was milky and sweet, and retained just enough spiciness for my contentment. (For those accustomed to Starbucks' throat-stinging version though, this might not be your cup of tea, in the very literal sense.) Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a classic bakery item, and this hidden gem took it to the next level by forming them into mounds of satisfying crunchiness and including large chunks of oozing chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
London Fog was being craved at the moment, but was unfortunately not on the menu. The same smiley lady was tending the counter again; she informed me that it would be possible to create an Earl Grey tea latte, but that she doesn't have any flavour syrups on hand to create the vanilla aspect. This was honestly somewhat of a relief to me, as now I have ascertained that artificial flavourings cease to exist at this establishment.
After a brief moment of silent contemplation on my part, she inquired whether I wanted to try something that wasn't explicitly stated on the menu board. Apparently, the teachers of the neighbouring elementary school had founded a unique flavour characterized by chocolate and raspberry - the "Cootes' Special". Intrigued, I immediately requested the steamy concoction. The Fully-Loaded Banana Loaf also appeared especially appealing at that moment.
When consumed in conjunction with the cocoa-raspberry tea latte, a state bliss was officially confirmed. The beverage was subtly sweet without being bland, with fragrant hints of raspberry and notes of cocoa in each sip. It instilled warmth into my gently quivering body with little to no hesistation.
These days, I've found my life to suddenly be overcome with a massive number of assignments, group meetings, and reports. As much as I wish I could revert to the working force in Toronto, I suppose there's little I can do besides cope with the current situation to the best of my abilties.
Chances of me finding excuses to re-live the feelings of bliss at Westdale BumbleBean are substantially high.